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Former PNGA champion Andrew Yun qualifies for PGA TOUR

Former PNGA Junior Boys’ Amateur champion Andrew Yun has played his way onto the 2017-18 PGA TOUR season. The Tacoma native and Stanford graduate, who won the PNGA title in 2005, was ranked No. 13 on this year’s Tour money list, with the top 25 players on the list earning their PGA TOUR cards for the upcoming season.

Another local player to earn his PGA TOUR card is Andrew Putnam, of University Place, Wash.

Andrew Putnam (left) and Andrew Yun (right)

Yun also won the 2013 Sahalee Players Championship, while Putnam won the 2010 Pacific Coast Amateur. Yun will be a rookie on the PGA TOUR, and this will be the second tour on the big boys’ tour for Putnam, having played it for the 2015 season.

The first 25 of 50 available PGA TOUR membership cards for the 2017-18 season were secured on Sunday at the Tour’s final Regular Season event, the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft-Heinz, contested on the Witch Hollow Course at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.

An additional 25 cards will be awarded following the conclusion of the four-event Finals, which begin this week in Columbus, Ohio with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. The final three events consist of the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco (Sept. 11-17), DAP Championship (Sept. 18-24) and Tour Championship (Sept. 25-1). The second set of 25 cards will be based on money earned solely in the Finals.

The top 25 will be joined at the Finals by those PGA TOUR players who finished 126-200 in the FedExCup standings (less those with exemptions), plus non-members who earned enough equivalent FedExCup points to finish within the 126-200 range.

The 50 card earners will join the PGA TOUR for the 2017-18 season, which opens the week of October 2-8 with the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif.

Eighteen of Sunday’s 25 card earners will be rookies on the PGA TOUR in 2017-18.